Defined as a large rigid goods vehicle with a maximum authorised mass
(gross vehicle weight) over 7,500 kilograms (16,535 lb), with a trailer
up to 750kg. This licence can now be obtained at 18 years of age and
is the replacement for the old HGV Class 2 in the UK, the old HGV
Class 2 being any goods vehicle over 7,500 kilograms (16,535 lb).
There is now no compulsory waiting period between taking a Category C a Category C+E test, as soon as you have passed your Category C training course you can send your Provisional licence along with your pass certificate to DVLA, they will update your licence and return it, you can then take your Category C+E. If you want to drive a bus or lorry for a living you will also need to complete the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC).
Licence Category C1+E will allow you to drive a rigid vehicle over 7.5 tonne towing a trailer that exceeds 750kgs. You must have passed your LGV Category C prior to taking this course but there is no longer any compulsory waiting period between taking a Category C and Category C+E test, as soon as you have obtained your Category C entitlement you can apply and take your Category C+E training course.
If you are aged 45 years or older, you will need to renew your licence
to drive lorries, mini buses or buses every 5 years.
When you reach 65, you'll need to renew your licence every year. The rules will be changing for new and renewal bus and lorry licence's from 19 January 2013.
Drivers passing a driving test in categories C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE,
D1 or D1E, after 19 January 2013 will get a licence valid for 5 years.
Every 5 years up to age 45, you will need to sign a declaration to
show you still meet the medical standards.
For further information about licensing or training, contact Gov.UK, for further information on other license upgrades select from the options below:-